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Review – The Blood Prince, Sovereign Series #3

Kindle Edition, 301 pages Published February 20th 2019 by Smashwords


The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race. 

Review –

This is an honest review…..If you have followed me for a while, you may remember last year I reviewed the first series – The Solis Invicti. That was when I fell in love with Emmy and Sol, and gave the series a 5 star rating. Here are my reviews for them –

A bargain in silver
The price of silver
Bound to silver
The silver bullet

Now on to the Sovereign series. Firstly I love Josie’s descriptive writing, the writing is well structured as always, and skillful. Josie Includes other languages, different backgrounds and sexuality.

Josie is very tasteful throughout her books, romance, action and suspense is present, however this series has perhaps not been to my liking.

The characters – The dialogue is from two perspectives Cam and Julia, with some narrative including Felix and Lucas.

The blood prince dives deeper into their relationships, their obstacles and their futures.

The plot was simple – find Emmy and Sol’s long lost son. When he was born no one knows. Emmy is turning dark, Sol is lost and the Blue just isn’t the same anymore.
Julia continues on a developmental journey to become stronger, and is more determined than ever to prove she can tackle the red alone.
Cam finds love but faces the toughest decision of his lifetime, is Felix worth everything he has worked hard for.

I enjoyed their adventures out into the red, escaping the ruins of the Blue for the ever-growing adventure.

My one disappointment was, I wish there was more of a development between them all. I felt I was reading the second instalment of the series again.
Don’t get me wrong I was in love with the Solis invicti series, I read the whole series in one week. However this book lacked the tension and romance that the story line between Emmy and Sol had.  On the other hand this book focused more on the progression and development of each character.

Perhaps this series wasn’t for me, I think I just missed the original characters too much.
To be thrown 500 years ahead of the previous series, and find the old characters have pretty much gone did throw me off. And the old characters that were left lacked the fire I once read.

I really enjoyed the overall dialogue between the characters, I just missed the amount of tension and action that was present in the Invicti series.
The ending was a little bit lacking, it felt rushed and would have really benefited from some more suspense.
I think I just wanted Emmy and Sol back, which is very selfish of me. But Josie I still love your writing, and the stories you have created have engrossed me from the beginning.

Would I recommend this book to you all, yes I would. But I probably won’t be reading this series again, and will return to my love of the Invicti Series.

I have given this book a 4/5 because I do love Josie, and I loved the previous series.  This is my opinion and I would always recommend you read these books yourself, we all have our own likes and dislikes.

Here are my previous reviews for the Sovereign series –

The Gilded King
The silver queen

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February Roundup Of My Book Reviews.

Hey all, this month I have been able to get back into my books. I got out of that reading funk that many of us are prone to falling into. I have quite a few books lined up ready to read and I am very excited to get my head stuck into them. I have found since having my son, my kindle fire has now become my best friend…. I am able to read in bed and not effect my husband to be. I will leave the link here to the kindle I have, but I love it.

Anyway, I have been able to review 2 books this month. And I will have another for you all on Monday for The Blood Prince.

The Executive Floor
The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm

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Review – The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm By Kathryn Knight – #Romance #Suspsense #BookReview #Paranormal

About

Pages – 174
Genre – Romance Suspense, Paranormal
Rating –
Goodreads – 3/5 stars
Amazon – 4/5 stars

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby. 

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships. 

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

Review

I was sent a ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I am not disappointed.
This was only a short story.

The book is based around Hillwood farm, a farm that has been in the Turner’s family for generations. Everything was calm and going well until Alice Turner’s husband passed away, leading to her grandson, Luke moving in.
Ever since then weird things have been happening, paranormal disturbances. Alice believes it’s her loving husband returning to her until the acts of what she perceives as love turn viscous.

The beginning of the book jumps straight in to the story of Callie, with just enough back story to understand her abilities, however we discover more about Callie and Luke as the story develops. They both have their own baggage to share.

I enjoyed the paranormal events from the beginning, they were spooky enough to give me goosebumps, and build just enough tension to make me wonder what was going to happen next.
Poor Callie not only has to convince a sceptic, but also take some beatings of her own.
Alice, Callie and Luke are in for a dangerous journey ahead, as they discover the ghosts true identity.

This was a light romance book, the main focus being the paranormal investigation. The tension between both romantic and Paranormal was very well thought out. I was drawn in from the very beginning and wish there was a series about Callie. This was a stand alone novel.
The length was perfect, I didn’t feel anything was missed, or could have been developed.

I would highly recommend this book for you paranormal lovers.

My rating 5/5 stars  
Link below to Amazon, currently available on Kindle unlimited.
£3.15 on Kindle
£10.20 Paperback

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Review – The Executive Floor By Belinda Wright

Ebook Published January 25th 2019 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
Length – 178 pages

Chantelle Moulier needs a permanent contract. Her internship is almost finished and a job at the renowned Granger Finance would be a great start to her career. She wouldn’t have to go home to her aunt and uncle’s vineyard in France; she could stay in England and get a place of her own. Everything is riding on her landing the job.

But one night she finds herself the only one left in the office when managing director Granger Carmont needs analytical support. Chantelle doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she needs is to be alone with a womanising player like Granger Carmont. She wants a job in his company, but not that badly. Then he makes her an offer that seems too good to be true and Chantelle is faced with a difficult decision…

Ratings on Goodreads – 2.92 out of 5 stars (24 reviews)
Amazon ratings – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)


My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Review

Book downloaded via Netgalley for an honest review –

I was just scanning around Netgalley and came across this book, thought it looked and sounded like my sort of book to read so downloaded it. This is the first time I have read anything by Belinda Wright.
I will admit the book hasn’t had the best ratings however there are not that many reviews given, so I don’t feel it is the best base to be judging.

My first impression of the cover was professional looking. As it is a romance it was nice to see that there wasn’t a couple on the front but instead a professional suit image…. fitting for the title “The Exectutive”.

When it comes to bachelors do not believe everything said in the news…. that stands true in this book.
The book is extremely fast paced, they meet and sleep together all in the same day/night. Have to admit that was very fast and I think it prevented a build up for me. Most Romance/Erotica I have read likes to build a sexual tension between both the main characters. This book lacked that tension.

Chantelle had a rough start to her teenage years. Chantelle’s parents died in a car accident when she was 11, she then has no money but shows determination in her career pursuing finance, therefor moves to the UK. Whilst in the UK she shares a house with a landlord who becomes more of a peeping tom (Neil), but what else can she do, money is tight. Chantelle then faces the end of her intern ship with no plan forward.

Granger a typical playboy/bachelor, doesn’t want the commitment and becomes a workaholic. Until he meets Chantelle.
I found the speed in which they got together extremely fast, and I don’t believe a man can change his mind in a couple days about his way of life. However I found myself reading this book in a couple hours.

The ending was too fast for me, I wish the back story for Granger was used throughout the book rather than one chapter.

Overall I did enjoy this book, it kept me engaged throughout and willing me to read more. I will always rate a book well if it can keep me engrossed throughout. Definitely a short, light hearted romance.

Currently £2.99 on Amazon

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Homecoming: The Crane Diaries series – Book Review.

New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to. 

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved. 

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house. 

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate. 

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?


Review

Copy – I have the paperback and Kindle edition (161 pages).
Published – 11/12/18
Published by – Limitless publishing.

It has been a while since I have read YA fiction. This book was sent to me for a promotional post and it caught my attention, I love ghost stories, so why not check this out. I also have to admit I liked the cover chosen for this book, it’s unique and extremely eye catching.
I found the reaper at the beginning of each chapter was a little childish, I know it is a YA, however that little detail could have been left out.


This is the first book I have ever read by Apryl Baker, her series ghost files is widely loved on Goodreads.
Emma is such a strong character growing up in foster care, with the abilities of a reaper. If that wasn’t tough enough she nearly died last year reaping a particularly difficult ghost.

I found it hard to read this book because there was obviously a bigger event in Emma’s life that I have not read. I think there must be a book prior to this one but I cannot find it unfortunately, if you can please comment below so I can add it to my review for others.

I have grown to really like Emma, she is a strong, persistent young woman, not letting her abilities prevent her from achieving a degree in psychology, with the added perk of being able to communicate with the dead effectively.

The haunting in this book is creepy and very well done. I really enjoyed the references to actual TV shows, for example Ghost adventures was used a lot. I found Apryl grew the plot throughout, gradual but effective. The description, twists, and investigations are fantastic.

I enjoyed the friends family dynamic, all there for each other through thick and thin. There is never a dull moment, each chapter revealed something new in Emma’s life as well as in the ghost investigation…… Doc isn’t just a close friend after all and with her half brother suddenly turning up, everyone becomes extremely suspicious.

Even though the book was very well done, I enjoyed reading it but I wasn’t hooked. Perhaps It is because it is not like my regular books. I would still recommend this book. And I may look into her much loved series the ghost files.


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About the Author

So who am I? Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there’s always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled “Lord Margrave’s Deception.” I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

Because I Love you – Book Review.

Two years ago, he took my innocence and ran,
Luckily for me, he’s a slow runner.
He doesn’t know that he gave me the most beautiful gift in the world – my son. 
I’m going to give him a gift too – revenge! 
And if he’s thinking he can get me and my son…
Well, he can go take a walk!

She’s my best friend’s little sister. 
I should never have touched her. 
But I did.
She was hot. She was fun. She was begging me for it.
So I gave it to her… all night long.
I told her I loved her. I promised her the moon and stars. 
I meant every word.
Then I vanished. I couldn’t tell her why. I still can’t.
We haven’t talked since.
But I saw her yesterday. She’s still hot enough to stop traffic,
Even with a kid.
She’s got secrets, but so do I. 
I know she still wants me, but she’s not begging this time.
This time she wants me to beg. 
But I don’t beg. I take. 
And I’m taking Jessi. Secrets and all.


My Review –

This book took me a while to get my head into. I loved the story line, curvy Jessi making a successful career in the modelling industry ( very positive image to put out), and Chris a choreographer, very different to the normal suited business man I read in Romance genre’s.

I loved the empowerment by using a curvy woman for the main character, this is rare I find in the Romance/Erotic genre.
The cover however niggled me. The story brings you a confident curvy mum taking over the modelling industry, yet the cover shows a “normal” sized woman. I wish the author secured a curvy woman to empower other women, and show some diverse covers out there.

Because I love you was definitely steamy, imaginative and juicy. Amy Brent has captured a dramatic, romantic, very saucy novel in one. Once I was about 30% of the way through I was hooked. The revenge plot and karma was well done throughout. The story line never felt rushed and Amy definitely kept me wanting to find out more about Chris.
Jessi was an open book to the reader, but Chris was mysterious not only to me but to the main character Jessi……. Why would he leave her when they were so in love.

The sex scenes are very descriptive and always different. These two characters are on fire consistently throughout.

I became Like Jessi’s friend Megan in the end, I was getting so frustrated that this man he obviously loved didn’t yet know the truth. Proof the author did well.

This was better than a light hearted romance, the complicated relationship made the couples dynamic more realistic. I like some drama in my books and this his the nail on the head.
A must read for all you Romance lovers out there.

I gave this book 4/5 on Goodreads, mainly because I found myself struggling to get into it from the first page. But once I was into the main part of the story I was hooked. I will be looking into more of Amy Brent’s books in the future.


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Book Review – The Gilded King (Sovereign Series).

I have come to the conclusion that my reading slump is down to the fact that I am just not enjoying Torment from the Fallen series.  I have kept trying and will continue to try and finish it.  However it feels more like a task.   I began reading The Gilded King 2 days ago now, after the author announced on Twitter that it is currently free to download on kindle.  And I was not disappointed.  In fact after this post I will be buying the second book to find out what happens next.

Free to download via Kindle.  

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, who believes in fairytales that her world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Review

First of all you could read this as a stand alone however I would recommend you read the previous series Solis Invicti (Series of 4 books).

The Gilded King was addictive.  Drawing me back into the fantasy world of vampires and Weepers.  Josie did an amazing job once again (Round of applause), I was captivated and thrown into a new world set centuries ahead of time.   Josie did not disappoint,  as a reader you are given two perspectives of this new world.  One from Cam a Silver from before the world was taken by the Fall (You will understand this reference in the book).  And another Julia, a server who has known nothing other than the world she is now in, born into a world controlled by vampires, controlled by the nobles.
Two very different people, but both set at the same time experiencing, and fighting through the current changes that effect everyone.

I have enjoyed getting lost in this book over the last couple of days.  The characters growth and relationships are gradual.   There is more flirtation between characters in this series so far compared to the last, previously in the Solis Invicti, I found myself reading Emmy jumping into relationships.  More sex and less of a gradual friendship/Romance.  However that was the beginning of the world ending so maybe Emmy was just living her life to the fullest.

I enjoyed reading from both perspectives which is rare for me.  However if I had to pick one, I would choose Cam’s, Probably because I wanted him to find Emmy, I miss the old characters, and the hope of meeting them again was just too exciting.

There wasn’t a lot of “flashbacks” like most do when two series have the same storyline, this prevented boredom.  Thank goodness, this just made me more engrossed by the new characters.  Amazing.

Emmy is missing (read the previous books), Sol is in a deep death like sleep in a temple awaiting his love to return.  The Blue now has a new Empress, yet the sanctuary once filled with normal civilisation is falling to ruin.  The blood supply low, and the humans are just getting by with scraps.

Cam is a loner now, travelling continents to search for his Queen.  Since Emmy was taken “To protect Sol” they were told, his life has not been the same.  He has spent centuries trying to find Emmy to restore the Blue back to it’s original form, with hopes to finally get his King back.  But meeting Felix makes things complicated, more of a self discovering journey.

Julia knows nothing other than the Blue.  All she dreams of is a world away from within these walls, where she can find other humans and try to have a somewhat normal life, other than the one she was abandoned in by her parents.   I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the past series through Julia’s learning.
Emmy and Sol are just a fairytale to her – A vampire who silvered to a mortal, the mortal returns the love, and then they become golden.
Little does she know is that there is more truth to this fairytale and Lucas wants to open her eyes to the truth and possibilities hidden from the humans.

About The Author

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

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